Abu Dhabi's department of municipal affairs (DMA) has announced new measures as part of the Abu Dhabi Code, the emirate's new building guidelines and standards, Gulf News has reported. The Abu Dhabi Code consists of eight separate components that address issues such as universal accessibility, fire safety, energy conservation and sewage disposal, among others. "Universal accessibility, especially for people with visual impairments and disabilities, is one of the key concerns in the Abu Dhabi Code," Emad Al Durubi, international code consultant and project manager at the DMA, told the daily. "As part of this set of guidelines, new public buildings like shopping malls and apartment buildings need to be fully accessible to wheelchairs, for instance. First off, this means that they must have ramps in strategic areas as well as elevators," Al Durubi said.